The Killing of Dreams


Michael Hartnett

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In this experimental work, the author risks personifying poems themselves so that they harangue and criticize each other. The Killing of Dreams reveals another facet of a perennially interesting writer.

This collection of poems in English displays a surprisingly broad range of subjects and styles. Included is a debate on the nature of poetry itself, a farewell to pastoral, and a long, exotic poem about salvation, ‘Mountains, Fall on Us’, which brings to mind the author’s already celebrated ‘The Retreat of Ita Cagney’.

. . . one of the best collections of true poetry to be published in this country for some considerable time . . . a strong and deeply-motivated poet at the threshold of a new era in the development of his work. An illuminating, heartening book perhaps his best to date.

— Books Ireland

. . . an act of courageous self-interrogation by a poet who could by now be tempted to rest on his acquired mastery . . . it has the characteristic Hartnett virtues — plainness, a lyric grace, toughness of mind, and an impeccable sense of phrasing.

— Theo Dorgan

Year Published: 1992
Details: 48pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 086 4

The Gallery Press